Only a couple of weeks ago (it feels much longer than that), President Donald Trump controversially quoted a Fox News guest’s claim that if the Democrats are “successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Well, a Major League Baseball umpire tweeted and deleted on Tuesday the same kind of rhetoric.
The umpire in question, 50-year-old Rob Drake, has been a full-time umpire since 2010. According to ESPN, Drake was pretty concerned about “Cival War” and recent happenings on “Capital Hill”:
Drake tweeted late Tuesday that he planned to buy an AR-15 rifle “because if you impeach MY PRESIDENT this way, YOU WILL HAVE ANOTHER CIVAL WAR!!! #MAGA2020”, according to a copy of the tweet obtained by ESPN.
Another tweet attributed to Drake decried House Democrats’ approach to their impeachment inquiry, which has involved lengthy closed-door sessions and questioning of various current and former State Department employees on Trump-Ukraine. The tweet read: “You can’t do an impeachment inquiry from the basement of Capital Hill without even a vote! What is going on in this country?”
Democrats have not yet held a vote on whether to impeach the president, but are currently investigating whether to do so — and on what grounds — by running an informal impeachment inquiry.
USA Today noted that the now-private Twitter account said to belong to Drake also featured some birtherism and choice words for Hillary Clinton.
MLB is reportedly taking a look at Drake’s Twitter activity.
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